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Around 46 Clerics Issue Fatwa Against Playback Singer Nahid Afrin Calling Her Performance ‘Anti-Sharia’

Published on 15 March, 2017 at 1:40 pm By

Between 42 and 46 clerics have issued a fatwa against a local singer in Assam. The singer, Nahid Afrin, has been told not to perform in public.

Afrin was the first runner-up in the 2015 season of Indian Idol Junior. She has also done playback for Sonakshi Sinha in the 2016 film “Akira”.


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Some reports claim that the fatwa was issued because the venue of her upcoming show was close to a mosque. Others say that it was issued because Afrin sings songs against Islamic terror groups.

 

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The message of the fatwa was spread through leaflets in Hojai and Nagaon districts in central Assam. The fatwa reads that Afrin’s upcoming performance at Udali Sonai Bibi College in Lanka is “against the Sharia”.

In a typical radical-sounding message, the fatwa reportedly says:

“If anti-Sharia acts like musical nights are held on grounds surrounded by masjids, idgahs, madrassas and graveyards, our future generations will attract the wrath of Allah.”

Afrin is 16 years old and is a Standard X student.

 

The police says that they are exploring the possibility of the fatwa being issued because Afrin sings against terrorism.

Following Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s support to Afrin, the organizers decided not to cancel the event. The police have said that they’ll provide security cover to Afrin and her family.

 



Afrin has also rendered songs written and composed by the Vaishnavite saint from Assam Srimanta Sankardeva. Just a few days ago, Suhana Syed, a 22-year-old Muslim singer from Karnataka, was trolled on social media for singing a Hindu devotional song in a reality show.

Twitterati expressed their outrage over the fatwa issued against Afrin:

 


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